Kuala Lumpur is the seventh best cheapest city in the world for a value break.
This is according to TripIndex Cities, an annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study, which compares the cost of a three-night break during the mid-year travel months of June to August in 40 key tourist cities around the world, taking into account typical costs for two people. These include: a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to three attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day, plus the cost of dinner itself.
A three-night city break in Kuala Lumpur costs an average of RM3,287.01, with lunch for two costing RM84.75, dinner for two and wine RM249.50, a taxi ride RM23.44 and the average price to a paid attraction is RM404.95. The basket of items includes three nightsâ€™ stay in a hotel, which is also the third cheapest city in the world at RM333.03 per night.
Hanoi was found to be the best value city break destination, as a three night trip for two in Hanoi will only set you back an average of RM2,632.23, excluding flights, nearly three times less than the price of a break in the worldâ€™s most expensive destination, Cancun, Mexico, which comes in at an average of RM7,258.62.
The study was conducted by independent research firm, Ipsos.
Head to South-East Asia for a bargain
Malaysian travellers need not travel far for the best value city break. When looking at the cost of a three-night city break, the 2015 TripIndex Cities report shows that travellers can find the best value in South-East Asia. Apart from KL, the region has three other best value cities in the top ten, with Hanoi, Bangkok and Manila taking first, fourth and ninth places respectively.
However, if cost of flights is not a concern, travellers can consider visiting the European destinations featured in the best value list; Warsaw, Lisbon and Berlin, which place second, sixth and tenth respectively.
Top five most expensive TripIndex Cities 2015 destinations (average nightly hotel rate):
1. Cancun, Mexico â€“ RM1,341.34
2. Zurich, Switzerland â€“ RM1,079.34
3. New York City, United States â€“ RM1,189.94
4. London, Britain â€“ RM1,121.61
5. Punta Cana, Caribbean â€“ RM1,175.29
Top five cheapest TripIndex Cities 2015 destinations (average nightly hotel rate):
1. Hanoi, Vietnam â€“ RM313.56
2. Warsaw, Poland â€“ RM314.26
3. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt â€“ RM365.91
4. Bangkok, Thailand â€“ RM340.66
5. Mumbai, India â€“ RM434.37